Be on the lookout for the September 9 issue of The Advocate. In addition to Michael Joseph Gross' cover feature on the gay voters and Barack Obama, you will definitely want to read John Griffiths' interview with Jada Pinkett Smith.
Pinkett Smith is one of the co-stars in the new remake of the camp gay classic The Women. The actress is cast as Alex Fisher, a chic, lipstick lesbian and best gal pal to Meg Ryan. Pinkett Smith tells The Advocate she took the role to push some boundaries. "I'm always trying to explore different worlds and different realities ... I've never played a lesbian before. I thought it would be a challenge and fun. I was up for the ride."
Pinkett Smith also wanted to sex up her role and had an "exciting" suggestion to "share a kiss" with Eva Mendes. Director Diane English nixed the idea. Too bad, right? The actress readily admits her "best on-screen kiss was with Monica Bellucci in the video game version of The Matrix" but claims she has never experimented with women. A very interesting claim indeed, given the colorful rumors surrounding her marriage with Will Smith and their social much-reported social life.
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